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Two killed, four injured in explosion at Karachi CNG station

Two killed, four injured in explosion at Karachi CNG station
March 24, 2019
KARACHI (92 News) – Two people were killed and four others injured on Sunday after an explosion at a CNG station near North Karachi’s Powerhouse Chowrangi. According to the reports, the fire erupted suddenly in compressor room of Combined Natural Gas (CNG) filling station in Karachi. At least two people lost their lives and four were left wounded due to fire. The incident took place in North Karachi area of the metropolis. The rescue official said that the fire has been controlled which occurred at compressor room of the filling station. Meanwhile, the wounded persons were shifted to the Burns Ward of Jinnah Hospital. The Bomb Disposal Squad has been called on to investigate into the matter. It is pertinent to mention here that the incidents of cylinder and gas leakage explosion are common in Pakistan which claimed many lives in past as well following lack of standard checking of cylinders being used for commercial and domestic purpose. Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah took notice of the incident and has sought a report from Commissioner Karachi. “When was the last time the station was inspected? Was the compressor at the CNG station expired or new?” Shah’s spokesperson asked, adding that the chief minister has ordered that the best medical facility be provided to the injured.
11 injured in Peshawar CNG blast
Earlier, at least 11 people were reportedly injured due to an apparent gas explosion at a fuel station on Charsadda Road in Peshawar. According to reports, the explosion happened as a pick-up was getting its CNG tank refilled at the fuel station. Rescue 1122 officials reached the spot and shifted the injured to the nearby Lady Reading Hospital. The CNG cylinder was locally welded, because of which it failed to withstand the gas pressure during filling and thus leaked, hence resulting in the blast.